Persons 65 years of age or older occupy 46% of all intensive-care beds. This number will rise in the next decade as the percentage of persons age 65 or older rises to a projected 13% by the turn of the century. Elderly patients require care that may be different from their younger counterparts. The needs of the families of the elderly may also be different. Nurses should carefully consider the needs and differences of each family, especially the need to participate in care and to be with the elder and the needs for information, reassurance, and comprehensive discharge planning.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care